Some One Chapter Blessings – Jude

Focus Text: Jude 1.25 & James 3.13)

"To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen. (Jude 1.25). "Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. (James 3.13). "The meekness of wisdom" will be our focal point in this message. In this figure, meekness is spoken of as if it belonged to wisdom; actually, meekness is a product of wisdom and a faithful companion. Note how meekness played such an important role in the earthly ministry of Jesus.

Zechariah wrote, "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9.9). Matthew recorded the following concerning the Christ: "Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, The Lord has need of them, and immediately he will send them.’ All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: ‘Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them." (Matthew 21.1-6).

Divine wisdom is stamped all over the above accounts. Who but God could have devised such a scheme to announce the coming of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? What could have been more fitting in bringing this king into Jerusalem, the King who had said, "The meek shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5.5). Also, what could have been more consistent with the One who had said, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matthew 11.28-30).

Meekness was absolutely central in all that Jesus said and did, namely, the meekness of wisdom. Even when death stared Him face to face, He did not blink nor shirk; meekness enabled Him to accept the penalty demanded by our sins. Meekness allowed Him to comfort those He loved even in His darkest hour, saying, "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14.1-3) Meekness gave Him the strength to shoulder the load, knowing that the end was of far greater reward than the present suffering to which He was subjected. Meekness caused Him to utter, "Nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done." (Luke 22.42). Meekness cried, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." (Luke 23.34). [continued]

1. Read Jude 1.25 aloud. Why is meekness spoken of as belonging to wisdom?

2. How do we know that Zechariah’s prophecy was fulfilled in Christ?

3. To take the yoke of Jesus implies the need for meekness. Why?

4. As an exercise, find out the biblical definition of meekness. How does this compare with the word in today’s vocabulary?